We skied all of the on-piste trails several times over two days and the Beast had beautiful packed powder or machine groomed skiing with no ice to be found unless you were stupid enough to venture into the woods or onto a closed run. Only Outer Limits and Double Dipper had what I'd call very firm but still carveable FRGR. The rest of the mountain was buttery smooth no speed limit machine groomed PP.
In addition, Superstar was likely better than any trail in the northeast can claim right now. Although you had to be careful to avoid the direct spray from the (what seemed like 500) snow guns, this had top to bottom 3-4" of powder which was as light as you can ever get from a snow gun. The far right side of the run which was far enough away to avoid goggle icing had beautiful mid-sized soft bumps on the lower two-thirds.
The fact that there was absolutely nobody there helped a lot and I'm not sure there wouldn't be some skied off sections on a bust weekend, but right now, midweek skiing at the Beast is killer.
With the current grooming there, and having the option of skiing a trail like Superstar (if you want to brave the guns) is what puts this place over Okemo right now as the king of grooming.
And so it has been proclaimed. The Beast is back. The Beast is king.
*(possibly later today I shall post indisputable helmet cam evidence to support my proclamation)